Addiction Resources

What Is Tolerance?

What is tolerance and how is it developed? Physical vs Psychological Tolerance Put simply, physical tolerance occurs when enzymes in the liver (responsible for metabolising toxins) become more active, therefore the metabolism of drugs and alcohol speeds up. This, in turn, causes a significant reduction in the number of cell receptors that the drug attaches […]

What Is Fentanyl & Why Is It Dangerous?

Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid with similar properties to morphine, though its effects are 100 times stronger. It’s a controlled prescription drug, commonly used to help with severe pain as a result of injury or surgery. Fentanyl can also be used to treat the symptoms of chronic pain and is also regularly given […]

What are the 12 Steps?

The 12 steps are a framework designed to help people who are struggling with addiction. These principles are set out to help provide the support and highlight the importance of accountability in recovery.  These steps were formed as part of Alcoholics Anonymous, which became the foundation for recovery in the 1930s. Due to its success, […]

What Are Legal Drugs?

What Are Legal Drugs and What Are Some of Them? The term ‘drugs’ is commonly associated with illicit substances, such as cocaine and heroin. However, some of the most addictive drugs aren’t illegal at all. Some are readily available over the counter while others are obtained on prescription. There is no dispute over the efficacy […]

What Are Illegal Drugs?

What Are Illegal Drugs and How Do They Affect Us? A drug is a mind-altering substance that affects neuropathways in the brain as well as the way in which the body functions. If a drug is classified as ‘illegal’ it means it is forbidden by law. Most illegal drugs are cut with other harmful chemicals, […]

Do Drugs Have an Expiration Date

The Risks of Taking Expired Medication All drugs have unique formulations which include both their active and inactive ingredients. These formulations determine how effective the medication is in treating certain diseases, conditions, and symptoms. Once a drug is developed, manufacturers determine its ‘shelf-life’, this is the length of time it will last without deteriorating. If […]

How Much Can I Drink and Drive?

How Much Can I Drink and Drive & What Is Drunk Driving? Drink driving also referred to as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious criminal offence and refers to the operation of any motorised vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol. Driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 […]

Addiction vs Dependence

Addiction vs Dependence and How They Are Related Addiction is defined as a brain disorder involving repeated or compulsive participation in a substance, such as drugs or alcohol, or an activity, such as eating or gambling, to the point where it is harmful to the individual. Repeated use increases an individual’s need to participate in […]